Tim Hutchings is a sociologist of religion, media and culture. His research interests include digital Christianity, death and media, and the digital humanities. He received his PhD (“Creating Church Online”) from Durham University (UK) in 2010. He recently completed a 15-month fellowship at the HUMlab digital humanities research laboratory, Umeå University, Sweden, where his work included studies of digital research methods, online evangelism and new media storytelling. He is now based at the Open University, UK, working on a fellowship project exploring the future of the Bible as a digital text. Dr Hutchings’ publications include articles in Information, Communication & Society, Online: The Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet and The Expository Times and chapters in a number of edited volumes.
Further information: http://open.academia.edu/TimHutchings
Louise Connelly currently works at the University of Edinburgh as an Online Learning Advisor. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Edinburgh (“Aspects of the Self: An analysis of self reflection, self presentation and the experiential self within selected Buddhist blogs”). Recent publications include ‘Virtual Buddhism: An analysis of aesthetics in relation to religious practice within Second Life’, Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet (2010); ‘Virtual Buddhism: Buddhist ritual in Second Life’ in Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, H. Campbell (ed.) (2012); and Campbell and Connelly, ‘Religion and the Internet’ in the Encylopedia of Cyber Behavior, Y. Zang (ed.) (2012).
Further information: http://edinburgh.academia.edu/LouiseConnelly